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Jan. 17, 2007

Volunteers Invited For UI Bronchitis Research Study

Adult smokers between the ages of 18 and 55 with chronic bronchitis are invited to participate in a University of Iowa research study on bacterial lung infection.

Volunteers must be free of other medical problems and using no medications other than birth control pills and/or bronchodilators.

Participants will undergo bronchoscopy, which involves the passage of a long, narrow, flexible tube through the nose or mouth and then into the airways of the lung, and a limited washing and brushing of the lungs. Participation involves a one-time visit to UI Hospitals and Clinics, lasting four to six hours, on a weekday morning. Compensation is provided.

The study purpose is to analyze cells and fluid obtained from a limited washing and/or brushing of the lung and determine how these cells react to bacterial infection.

Approximately 750 people will take part in the study, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health. The investigation is led by Gary Hunninghake, M.D., the Sterba Professor of Internal Medicine in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, and the college's senior associate dean for clinical and translational sciences.

For more information, contact UI study coordinators Emily Birrer or Kathy Lilli at 319-356-0578 or e-mail to or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

PROGRAM CONTACT: Emily Birrer or Kathy Lilli at 319-356-0578 or or

MEDIA CONTACT (media only): Becky Soglin, 319-335-6660,